The native definition of friendship has for the longest time been understood to mean a situation in which two strangers meet at a certain point of their lives, grow fond of each other due to presumably similar characteristic traits consequently forming a bond between them and a relationship thereafter. However, and in my own opinion I must say; that I think the term “friendship” carries with it a wider meaning. So who is your friend? These are people who care about you as much as you care about them. People who know you, for who you are, people who appreciate your weakness and accommodate your weaknesses. People who will always be there for you whenever needed, people you can trust with your life, people who show unwavering and unquestionable loyalty towards you and lastly people who won’t let you “fall” as they “standby”

In regards to the above, it qualifies that a friend is not only and stranger you once met at your place of work, train station or at a the café, got to know each other and kept in  touch up to date but your family members and other blood relatives as well.

Maintain your social circle

 It is easier to maintain your social circles while at work. This can be attributed to the fact that most of the people in our lives are basically the people we ran into each and every day within the course of our daily engagement. As such it is easier to keep in touch. The opposite is somehow inevitable upon retirement due to the issues like relocation among others. Friends consequently cease keeping in touch. Others even stop communicating and as some put it; “out site out of mind” We should also understand that at retirement one is considerably of old age. At this stage, their children are in most cases mature enough to live on their own some having their own careers, families among other engagements to take care of. They might therefore not have much time for their parents as they should and cannot be blamed for it. That having been said, it is very vital for retirees to stay in touch with their friends and family. They need them and that can be attributed to the following:

  • Security

Old age can be full of uncertainties and one can never know when the unforeseeable risks might strike. Having someone who cares about you a call away is advisable incase help is needed. Losing a friend is losing one of these people and they are not easy to come by.

  • Social and emotional support

Nobody knows us better than our friends and family. They read us even before we open up to them. They can notice on their own when something is wrong and intervene even without our request. They are the first persons we run to whenever in need and they will always help. It is therefore wise to treasure and keep them for as long as we can.

  • Motivation

Most of our friends are persons within our age bracket. This means that most friends go through similar milestones in life at similar times. Witnessing your friend overcome similar challenges as the ones you facing or succeeding in particular ventures that you engaged in as well is really encouraging. We can therefore say that the more you have the better. So don’t you dare lose any of them.